The next edition of the Mile High Drum & Percussion Festival will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Englewood High School (map). It is a unique opportunity in the Denver area for percussionists of all ages to experience everything involved in the world of percussion from jazz to marching drum line to the orchestra and everything in between. Tearing down boundaries between the various genres, we want a non-competitive atmosphere to celebrate all that falls under the umbrella of drumming or percussion. This event brings together artists, educators, vendors, and students for a day of workshops, performances that will expose students to the opportunities and styles that are available to them. Participants will have a special opportunity to experience many different forms of percussion or drumming that they may not have been exposed to and open up some new possibilities.  

This event is produced by Ascend Performing Arts and Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

Ascend Performing ArtsAscend Performing Arts furthers the education and growth of young people through participation in high-caliber performing arts programs that promote teamwork and discipline, develop leadership skills, and enhance self-esteem.” Since 1958, Ascend Performing Arts has become a multi-faceted, youth performing arts organization dedicated to elevating life performance through the pursuit of excellence. We are recognized as the Rocky Mountain region’s most visible performing arts organization. Programs such as the internationally acclaimed Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and the 4-time Winter Guard International Champion Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble play an important role in providing high-caliber performance ensembles for thousands of youth performers each year. Ascend Performing Arts also produces the Broncos Stampede Drum Line and Broncos Brass to entertain tens of thousands of NFL fans at Denver Broncos home games every season. Educational programs such as the BKXperience allows students of a variety of performance levels to learn from the best educators in the marching arts activity. Ascend Events, such as the Drums Along the Rockies and Corps Encore drum corps shows and the Friendship Cup high school marching contests, provide a stage which showcases the world’s top young musicians to perform at the highest level. For more information, please visit AscendPerformingArts.org or call (303) 777-1937 or email Ascend@AscendPerformingArts.org.

Denver Young Artists Orchestra

“Denver Young Artists Orchestra provides the finest possible youth orchestra programs, inspiring and educating young musicians through the performance of great works of music and offering valuable cultural opportunities to the community.” DYAO continues to transform young musicians by giving them the inspiration, support, and skills to be tomorrow’s great musicians. The organization’s five orchestras, chamber ensembles, and group strings classes train over 300 students, ages seven to twenty-three, from more than eighty schools across Colorado. For more information about DYAO’s Mission and History, click here. For more information about the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, please visit: DYAO.org or call (303) 433-2420 or email info@dyao.org.

This event not only accomplishes each of these missions but it brings together a larger youth musical community around a special event.  Get your tickets before the day of the event and save $5 to the Festival and Concert!